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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2011 11:47:58 -0800
Subject: GO AND PICKUP YOUR PAYMENT NOW!!!!!! +234-805-711-7693


How are you today? I pray this mail get to you in good state of mind, right now your Atm Card funds worth $2,500,000.00 have been transferred true a western union installment payment of $3,000 daily in that case you are here by advice to go directly to any western union and start picking up your first installment payment of $3,000 with the payment details below:

YOUR MTCN; 5192235274
Senders First Name; Patrick
Senders Last Name; Ojeme
Amount sent: $3,000

You can also track by your mobile just dialing 1~800~325~6000

Immediately you have pickup this first payment of $3,000 please keep me posted so as to send to you the rest western union installment payment MTCN numbers available for pickup.

Go have your first installment picked up and get back to me immediately you are free to call me for further verification. +234-805-711-7693 or send me an Email:

Felix Douglas


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